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Dumaguete City Fiesta (November 9 – December 1)

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Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental and considered to be the main seaport, can be found at the southwestern part of the Visayas Group of Islands. The city is likewise the center of economy and the seat of the government.  Small yet populated, it has an airport to be proud of aside from the numerous piers that make the city a destination point of travel for students, businessmen, travelers and tourists. It is famous in many areas such as being called  a University Town or the Center of Learning in the South because of the presence of numerous universities, colleges and schools for elementary and high school students in the area.The city has the  famous  Silliman University, aside from the three other known and well-established universities such as St. Paul’s University-Dumaguete, Foundation University and Negros Oriental State University, not to mention the three other colleges, twelve elementary schools and nine high schools.

It also tops the list when it comes to friendly atmosphere as proven by the towering age old trees, scenic white sand beaches, exotic dive spots and aqua adventuring spots suitable for viewing dolphins and whales, the attractive limestone caves and waterfalls. These are just some of the well-preserved natural resources of the city all for the benefit of the present and future generations. Eventually this impressive act of the people of Dumaguete  made a name for themselves as “The City of Gentle People”. They are not only famous in the Philippines but a to some tourists as well, particularly the Japanese and Europeans.  Most of the Dumagueteños can understand and can communicate well in three dialects such as English, Tagalog and Ilonggo besides their native Cebuano language.


Other sites to visit include the old churches and cathedrals, antique houses and memorabilia, the famous Bell Tower and the occasional kalesa (horse-drawn carriage).

When it comes to festivals and fiestas, Dumaguete City is never left behind. They also have something to celebrate and welcome everybody to take part in their joyous celebrations. For the month of November, the city is all set for their  Fiesta in honor of the patron Saint Catalina de Alejandria with the inclusions of the Sandurot Festival (which means arrival, thus it celebrates the arrival of foreigners and cultures) and the Dumaguete Charter Day.


How to get there:

By air, there are 4 flights that can be booked everyday which travels from Metro Manila to Dumaguete and back. Both Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific have flights in the morning and again in the afternoon. You may also try Philippine Airlines that offers travel as well. The entire travel time will consume 1 hour and 10 minutes.


If the preferred mode of travel is by sea, there are regular trips from Metro Manila to Dumaguete both from WG& A (Superferry)  and  Sulpicio Lines. The trip will take about 36 hours.



Where to stay – Resorts/Hotels:

Mike’s Dauin Beach Resort
Poplacion, Dauin  Negros Oriental, Philippines 6200
Phone: +63 (035) 422 1781
Mikes mobile: +63 (916) 754 8823
Office Mobile: +63 (921) 726 0858

Triple D’s Bachelor’s Pad
SL Teves Subdivision, Calindagan Dumaguete City (In front of Dumaguete City High School)
Landline: (035) 225 0967, (035) 225 1273
Cell:  0917 3142 828, 0920 9210 685,0917 7270 305

Bolmon Guest House – Dumaguete City
Route 3, Cimafranca Subd., Bantayan Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Landline: (035) 226-3472
Cell: 0063-915 5396 521, 0063-916 1021 386

El Oriente Beach Resort
Mangnao, Dumaguete City 6200, Philippines
Tels: (035)225-0668, (035) 422-3008
Cell: 0917 3141-922

Aqua-Landia Resort
(By the Bridge) Masaplod Norte, 6217 Dauin, Negros Oriental
Mobile: (+63) 91736 35591

Casa Demonteverde
Cimafranca Subdivision Claytown, Daro Dumaguete City
Landline: (035)226 2305, (035) 422-5329
Cell: (+63) 0917 726 0012; 0917 726 7398

Island’s Leisure Hotel Dumaguete

Hibbard Avenue,  Bantayan (across ABC Learning Center),  Dumaguete City
Phone: (+63) 035 522-0645
Mobile: 0927 – 412 8785

Residencia Tropicana Bay
Guinsa, Kapagongan,Luna St.,  6218 Zamboanguita (25km south of Dumaguete)
Tel. 0917 – 921 5458 (english)
Tel. 0049 – (0)861 – 12609 (deutsch)

Harolds Mansion
Tourist Inn – Backpackers Hostel
205 Hibbard Ave. (corner Hibbard-Lo-oc),  Dumaguete City
Landline: (+63) 035-225-8000,035-225-8001
Cell: (+63) 0927-550 5299

Casa Margaritha Boutique Resort
4652 Cangmating Beach Road, 6201 Sibulan – Negros Oriental
Tel: +63 354 199014

Wellbeach Dive Resort
Mojon, 6218 Maluay,  Negros Oriental, Philippines
Tel. 0063-(0)35-400 31 59
Mobile: 0917 – 300 46 74

Hotel Palwa
Dr. V. Locsin Street, Dumaguete City,  Negros Oriental, Philippines
Telefon : (035) 226-2775, (035) 442-8995/9595
Mobile: (+63) 0917-7711-600, (+63) 0922-888-4371

Hotel Nicanor
San Jose Street., Dumaguete City,  Negros Oriental, Philippines 6200
Tels.  (035) 226-3330; 422-5114; 421-0788; 421-0787
Mobile Nos. +63922-889-4911; +63917-631-2109

Hotel : Bethel Guest House
Rizal Blvd Dumaguete City
Tel.  (6335)2252000

Coco Grande Hotel
Hidbard Ave., Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Tel.  (6335)225-0833

Ipil St. Dumaguete City
Tel.  (035) 225-2220

Gazebo Pension House
Cervantes St. Dumaguete City
Tels.  (035) 225-0579/422-7807

Openias Hotel
Katada St. Dumaguete City
Tel.  (035) 225-5214

PHCCI Resort & Conference Center
Banilad Dumaguete City
Tel. (035) 255-7984

Pura Vida Beach and Dive Resort
Washington Street, Dist. III, Dauin 6217, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Tel/Fax. +63 (0) 35 425 2284

South Sea Resort Hotel
Bantayan, Dumaguete City
Tel. +63 35 225 2409

Sta. Monica Beach Resort
Banilad, Dumaguete City
Tel. (035) 225-0704

Lorenzo G. Teves Memorial Aqua Center
Capitol Area, Dumaguete City
Tel.  (035) 225-7817 or 3392

Worldview Pension Plaza
Perdices St. Dumaguete City
Tel. (035) 225-4111 or 4112




Author: Joan Mirrar  

Article Modification by: Marcelle Villegas  

Note: Article was modified due to date-related details that are no longer applicable at the present time.

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